How To Prepare For A Trouble-Free Harvest


Cutting & Feeding: Correctly maintained and adjusted platforms, heads, & feeding systems must operate at a speed and height which will hold and remove all the harvested crop without seed loss and then deliver that material undamaged in an uniform mat to the threshing area of the combine. 

Areas of Concern: Cutter bar shatter; Reel shatter; Slug feeding, Row shelling; Ear bounce; Excessive stalks; Auger carryover; Crop auger damage, Feeder house conveyor speeds; Feeder house drum height.

Threshing: Proper threshing occurs when the majority of grain is removed from the mat of crop by contact with other grain or MOG (material other than grain). Correctly adjusted cylinder/rotor and concaves thresh almost 90% of the grain in the first 30% of the total threshing area, there by reducing grain to metal contact; a leading cause of grain damage. 

Areas of Concern: High cylinder speed; Low cylinder speed; Worn rasp bars; Narrow concave setting; Wide concave settings; Worn concaves.

John Deere 5E Series Tractors

If you've got a job for a tractor in the 45-111 horsepower range now there's a John Deere option with all the options you're looking for at a price you're going to like. 
Introducing the new 5E series tractors from John Deere. If you want an open operator station, John Deere now offers 3 new open operator stations to choose from: the 5083E, the 5093E and the 5101E.
If you need the comfort of a cab, our new 5055E, 5065E and 5075E cab models deliver. And you can turn these tractor models into high performance material handlers with a loader package and the all-new PowrReverser transmission. The PowrReverser makes directional shifting easy. Not only does it reduce wear and tear on the operator, but clutches last longer too. The new PowrReverser is exclusively from John Deere. 
Choose your horsepower, choose a cab or open operator station and amp up your loader performance with a PowrReverser transmission. In other words, get the John Deere solution you want backed with parts and service from the best in the business. 

The John Deere 7R Series Tractor

Bringing you more versatility in the 200 and 280 HP range than you've ever had before is the new from the ground-up 7R series tractors from John Deere. 

Buying a New Planter? Plan for the Future!

By Kurtis Shipp

With net farm incomes at record levels the last few years many growers have opted to invest in new equipment for their operation.  One of the most common purchases has been new planters.  Many growers as well as industry professionals (myself Included) believe the planter is the most important piece of equipment in the entire operation, because if the seed is not planted correctly we are doomed to fail from the start.  In addition we are seeing a trend toward more and more growers switching from grain drills to split row planters for soybean planting.  Split row planters improve seed placement by offering more even seed spacing and more consistent planting depth allowing growers the ability to reduce planting populations and save seed costs.  Another huge advantage split row planters provide is the ability to plant using variable rate populations through seeding prescriptions.  So now that we know why planting equipment is crucial to a successful operation what should one consider when looking at a new planter?

Case Study - EZ-Pilot with Field IQ improves accuracy and enhances planter performance


A Miami County, Indiana customer purchased a new 1200 series corn planter with a Pro 600 display and EZ-Steer automation system.   At the time of purchase the customer was not concerned with row clutches or variable rate planting; however accurate guess rows were a requirement.  The customer decided to use the OmniStar correction service for their spring planting with thoughts of increasing the performance of their new technology in the future.  OmniStar served them well, although the GPS convergence time, repeatability and the inability to automatically adjust their seeding rates for the varying soil types and point rows led to higher seeding cost and wasted time, which presented many unnecessary frustrations.


Pre-Planting Checklist For John Deere XP Planters

Here's a talk given by Tom Heckman from Koenig Equipment in Greenville, Ohio. Tom goes over a pre-planting checklist of a John Deere XP Planter at the annual Planting and Seeding Clinic. Taking these simple steps will help to ensure a safe and efficient planting experience when farmers go to the field this spring. To learn more about planter inspections and to get the checklist visit

Case Study - JDLink Saves Customer Money on Tractor Purchase


A Champaign County customer purchased two 8R series tractors (8235R & 8285R) in 2011.  Included with the purchase were JDLink Ultimate subscriptions, which allow remote monitoring of tractor maintenance and performance statistics.  Being a technology advocate, the customer was intent on using JDLink to analyze their new equipment utilization.  After receiving training from a certified Koenig AMS expert, the customer was able to begin monitoring the usage and performance of their new tractors.  JDLink revealed to the customer that the average engine load was only 50-55 percent of the 8285R’s potential engine capabilities.


What does this new information tell the customer?  Subsequently they realized there were no operations that required 100 percent of the 8285R’s engine horse power; therefore, the JDLink data advised the customer that they had miscalculated the required amount of engine horse power anticipated to meet the needs on their farm.


Case Study - JDLink Solves Unnecessarily High Engine Speeds Remotely


In the Spring of 2012 a Shelby County customer purchased a new 8R equipped with JDLink.  The Customer received operator training from a certified Koenig expert and after becoming acquainted with the new system the customer hooked up their planter and took to the fields.   Shortly after they began planting they noticed that by pushing the IVT throttle forward slightly the engine would rev even higher and hold steady at 2000rpm.  They double checked their IVT transmission settings in the Command Center and believed everything was set properly, even ensuring that the “Full Auto” mode was turned on.  Perplexed by the issue, they turned to a Koenig AMS expert for assistance.


Case Study - RDA helps to reduce potential crop replant and prevent potential decrease in yield.


A Shelby County customer purchased a new 16 row planter with SeedStar.  This was a new system for them and they were expecting some learning curves.  Given this fact, Koenig Equipment recommended that the customer try Remote Display Access (RDA) on demo basis.  This would allow immediate response to any issues that would arise.  It wasn’t long after they began planting that a Koenig AMS expert logged into their display and noticed that the left 6 rows of the planter were not planting properly.   The planter had a large number of skips and doubles.


John Deere's Updated 2013 6 Series Tractors

John Deere has revamped their 6 Series tractors for 2013. There are tons of new models and features, but here's a brief look at the series:
  • John Deere 6D Series tractors - This is the value spec
  • John Deere 6M Series tractors - Mid-spec (replaces the 6030-7030 standard tractors)
  • John Deere 6R Series tractors - Premium spec model
The whole family of 6 series tractors offers new features. The 6D series sports a newly redesigned cab. The 6R series has a new direct drive transmission. The 6M has increased horsepower, additional transmission options, better hitch and hydraulics and IT4 emission compliant engines. 
In all there are 12 new models for the 2013 season. These vary from 105 horsepower to 170 hp. 


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